Ultra Sounds. The Sonic Art of Polish Radio Experimental Studio

Ultra Sounds is the first English-language publication dedicated to the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, that is, to the "testing ground" for the production of electronic and electro-acoustic music, a place unprecedented as to its format in the countries of the Eastern Bloc. Since 1957 composers and sound engineers had been working there on innovative pieces of electronic music, musique concrete, as well as radio dramas and soundtracks.

Moreover, the Warsaw Studio was a meeting place of the major composers from the East and from the West: Hugh Davies, Dubravko Detoni, Lejaren Hiller, Roland Kayn, Krzysztof Knittel, Arne Nordheim, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bogusław Schaeffer or Elżbieta Sikora. In addition, the Polish Radio Experimental Studio supplemented and provided support to artistic activities of visual artists, such as Jan Lenica, Krzysztof Wodiczko or Józef Robakowski.

The publication includes essays by musicologists, architectural, art, and film historians, as well as interviews with engineers working in the Studio and lecture transcriptions and broadcasts from the 1960s and 1970s.


Publisher: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi
Texts by: Bolesław Błaszczyk, Dariusz Brzostek, David Crowley, Lukas Jiřička, Aleksandra Kędziorek, Michał Libera, Iwona Lindstedt, Zofia Lissa, Bohdan Mazurek, Antoni Michnik, Daniel Muzyczuk, Józef Patkowski, Agnieszka Pindera, Katarzyna ŚwiętochowskaMichał Mendyk, Krzysztof Szlifirski, Joanna Walewska-Choptiany, Peter Weibel
Editing: David Crowley, Alicja Latkowska, Daniel Muzyczuk, Agnieszka Pindera, Jens Lutz, Miriam Sturner
Translation: Marcin Wawrzyńczak, Olga Drenda, Ian Mikyska 
Design and typesetting: Artur Frankowski, Magdalena Frankowska / Fontarte 

ISBN 978-3-86828-921-3
Published in 2019
Dimensions: 19,5 x 26 x 3 cm
Cover: soft cover
Language: English 
Number of pages: 336
Illustrations: ca.98 (48 in colour and 50 black & white) 

Publication accompaning the exhibition: „Through the Soundproof Curtain. The Polish Radio Experimental Studio” which took place at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Berlin, 14.07.2018 – 06.01.2019.

Price: 120 PLN

You can purchase this publication by emailing us at:  ksiegarnia@msl.org.pl


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